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Re: Omnimark vs. XSL (Saxon) Challenge

Subject: Re: Omnimark vs. XSL (Saxon) Challenge
From: Mike Ferrando <mikeferrando@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 06:56:00 -0800 (PST)
cals tables omnimark
Michael M.,
Looking at your example, I wonder if the CALS model (or some other
model) might be according to the XML Exchange Table Model. (There is
an article on the site for CALS interpolability.)

http://www.oasis-open.org/specs/tm9901.htm

Your example is not that clear to me but the documentation on the
site might help you.

Mike Ferrando
Washington, DC

--- Michael Müller-Hillebrand <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear experts,
> 
> Recently I was quite unimpressed by the presentation of an Omnimark
> script requiring 32 seconds to make what seemed like a little
> change to a 2000 cells table. I said, this would be possible with
> XSL as well, and suddenly I found myself challenged.
> 
> After some hours I have a working solution but it is so slow... I
> hope I have missed something important with my method and now I am
> seeking assistance.
> 
> The task seemed simple at first:
> 
> HTML tables usually have width attributes for each cell. CALS and
> some other table models require all column widths to be specified
> at the top level, e.g. as an attribute of the table element. 
> 
> Input table:
> 
> <table>
>   <tbody>
>     <row>
>       <entry colspan="2" rowspan="2" width="70%">I</entry>
>       <entry colspan="2" width="30%">II</entry>
>     </row>
>     ...
>   </tbody>
> </table>
> 
> Desired output:
> 
> <table width="48mm 36mm 24mm 12mm">
>   <tbody>
>     <row>
>       <entry colspan="2" rowspan="2">I</entry>
>       <entry colspan="2">II</entry>
>     </row>
>     ...
>   </tbody>
> </table>
> 
> The main problem is the use of colspan and rowspan, which makes it
> hard for any cell to know to which column it belongs. One has to
> render the table from start to finish to learn that for each cell.
> 
> I read about Michael Kay's "Knight's Tour Stylesheet" and created a
> very recursive similar thing. I recursively loop through all rows,
> through all cells, within spanned cells through all rowspans and
> then through all colspans.
> 
> I would very much appreciate any comments and will gladly
> summarize.
> 
> Please find links to the stylesheet and sample files at 
> 
> http://cap-studio.de/test/challenge.html
> 
> Thanks a lot,
> 
> - Michael
> -- 
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